After the film was often crowded, the Oscars named best film on Sunday a family drama for the deaf that appeals to the crowd, “CODA”, presenting the top Hollywood award to streaming service for the first time at a drama-winning ceremony. stage and slapped Chris Rock.

Cian Heather’s “CODA”, which premiered at the Sundance Virtual Film Festival in the winter of 2021, began as an outsider, but gradually became an Oscar favorite. In addition, Apple TV + had one very serious supporter who won his first Oscar on Sunday, less than three years after launching the service.

It also brought another defeat to Netflix, a veteran streamer who for years tried in vain to get the best shot. Best Chance, “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion, received 12 nominations. He won one, for directing the Champion.

But “CODA” raised a wave of goodwill spurred by its actors, including Marley Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Emilia Jones and Daniel Durant. This is the first film with mostly deaf actors to win the best film. “CODA” managed to do it, despite the fact that it was one of the least nominated films: only three will be released on Sunday. Since 1932, the Grand Hotel has not had a single film that won the best picture with less than four nods.

Kotsur also received the Best Supporting Actor award, becoming the first deaf actor to win an Oscar, and only the second deaf actor to do so by joining his co-star and colleague in CODA, Metlin.

“This is for the community of the deaf, the community of CODA and the community of the disabled,” Kotsur said, signing from the stage. “This is our moment.”

However, many spoke of another point. After Rock, as the presenter, joked with Jada Pinkett Smith that he was looking forward to the sequel to “G Jane”, Will Smith got up from his seat near the stage, approached Rock and hit him. After sitting down again, Smith shouted to Rocco to “not allow my wife’s name from your (loyal) lips.” When Rock, who joked about Jada Pinkett Smith during the 2016 Academy Awards, objected that it was just a JI Jane joke, Smith repeated the same phrase.

“It was the greatest night in the history of television,” Rock said, before awkwardly returning to the presentation of the best documentary, which went to “Summer of the Soul (… or if the revolution was not broadcast)” Kvestlav.

The moment shocked the Dolby Theater spectators and the audience at home. During a commercial break, presenter Daniel Kaluya approached to hug Smith, and Denzel Washington escorted him to the stage. They talked and hugged, and Tyler Perry also came over to talk.

Smith, who plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams in the film “King Richard”, later in the series won his first Oscar for Best Actor. So Smith re-entered the scene shortly after what seemed to be one of the most infamous moments in the history of the Academy Award. His speech ranged between defense and apology.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” Smith said in his first statement. Smith then shared what Washington told him: “At the highest moment be careful, because that’s when the devil comes to you.”

Eventually, Smith apologized to the academy and his fellow nominees.

“Art imitates life. I look like a crazy father, ”Smith said, smiling. “But love will make you do crazy things.”

After the screening, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement saying it “does not tolerate violence in any form.” The Los Angeles Police Department said it was aware of the incident with the slap at the Oscars, but said the defendant refused to file a complaint with police.

Until then, the ceremony – designed as a revival for the Oscars and films – went pretty smoothly. Ariana Deboz became the first African-Latin and openly LBGTQ actor to win an Oscar for supporting actress. Jane Campion won the Oscar for Best Director for the film The Power of the Dog, her open-air psychodrama that overturned and overturned Western conventions.

The champion, who was the first woman ever to be nominated twice in this category (before “The Piano” in 1993), became only the third woman to win best director. It is also the first time that a director’s award has been given to women in recent years after last year’s “Nomad” director Chloe Zhao won.

The best actress was Jessica Chastain, who also won her first Oscar. Chastain won for her sensitive portrayal of TV evangelist Tammy Faye in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which she also produced.

After record low ratings and a 2021 pandemic show, this year’s producers turned to one of the world’s biggest stars, Beyoncé, to launch an Oscar ceremony to revive the award in pop culture. After joining Venus and Serena Williams, Beyoncé performed her King Richard-nominated song “Be Alive” in a thoughtful choreography on a lime-colored open-air stage in Compton, where the Williams sisters grew up.

Hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall then began a telecast from the Dolby Theater.

Sykes, Sumer, and Hall joked about important Hollywood issues such as pay equality – they said the three presenters were “cheaper than one man” – Lady Gaga’s drama, which Sykes called “House of Random Accents,” Golden Globe. now classified as a memory package, said Sykes) and girlfriend Leonardo DiCaprio. Their hottest political point was at the end of their routine, in which they promised a great night and then hinted at Florida’s “Don’t Tell Gays” bill.

“And for you people in Florida, we’re going to have a fun night,” Sykes said.

The first award for the broadcast went, by the way, to Ariana Deboz, whose victory came 60 years after Rita Moreno won the same role in the original 1961 film West Side Story. Deboz thanked Moreno for leading “tons of Anitas like me.”

“Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus, look her in the eye: you see an amazing, openly amazing colored woman, an African-Latin American, who has found strength in life through art. And that, I think, is what we are here to celebrate, ”Deboz said. “So if anyone has ever questioned your identity or you find yourself in gray spaces, I promise you this – there really is a place for us.”

“Encanto”, a Disney hit that considered the soundtrack to enter the charts, became the best animated film. Lynn-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the film’s hits, missed the ceremony after his wife gave a positive result at COVID-19. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s three-hour Japanese drama “Wadi My Car,” one of the most famous films of the year, became the best international film.

After a two-year pandemic and under the warm California sun on Sunday, the Hollywood glamor rite re-entered its heyday, with the red carpet and the audience tested at COVID. Before exchanging with Smith, Rock was pleased to comment: “No one wears a mask. I’m just breathing raw dogs tonight. “

To bring back the spotlight of the culture, the Oscars relied heavily on musical performances (Billy Ailish, Reba McEntyre), film anniversaries (“Godfather”, “Criminal Literature”, “White People Can’t Jump”) and as many mentions about the loud song “Encanto” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” as much as possible. Ukrainian-born Mila Kunis led a 30-second minute of silence against Ukraine. Some stars, such as Sean Penn, lobbied at the academy for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address the ceremony.

But, apart from a few blue ribbons on the red carpet, politics rarely took center stage. Instead, the Oscars were doubled for blinding, and the films were like escapes. Producers have attracted people like BTS and Tony Hawk to attract more viewers. Some things worked better than others. Favorite fan prizes voted for by Twitter users were captured by fans of Zach Snyder, who voted for the Justice League version of Snyder and his “Army of the Dead”.

Movies about well-being have also shown good results. “CODA” also won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Kenneth Bran’s autobiographical “Belfast,” a love family drama filled with nostalgia and shot in black and white, received the best original screenplay.

Ailish and her brother Phineas won over Bond’s theme “No Time to Die,” a song that was released before the pandemic.

The Oscars ceremony took place on Sunday, and the first eight awards were presented at the Dolby Theater in the evening before the ABC TV show. Dolby was mostly filled in the time before the 19:00 EDT show, which the academy called a “golden hour”. The speeches were later edited on air.

“Dune” came out ahead of the leader in these first awards, and she kept it up all night. The biggest blockbuster of this year’s 10 nominees for Best Picture, “Dune” has received six leading awards for design, cinematography, editing, visual effects, sound and score by Hans Timer.

The victory in Greig Fraser’s cinematography deprived him of one chance in the history of the Oscars. Some cheered for Ari Wenger, who made Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog to become the first woman to win best cinematography, the only Oscar category that a woman has never won in nine decades of the Oscars. plus the story

The best makeup and hairstyle went to Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh for “Eyes of Theme Faye”. Chastain was among many members of the academy who believed that all awards should be handed out live during the broadcast. Chastain hugged each winner as they stepped onto the stage.

This year’s changes in TV broadcasting were alarmed by the rapid decline in Oscar ratings. While the drop was common to all major online awards, last year’s show attracted only about 10 million viewers, less than half from 23.6 million a year earlier. Ten years ago it was closer to 40 million. Will the slap heard around the world help raise the bar?

“Welp,” Oscar producer Will Packer tweeted after the show. “I said it wouldn’t be boring.”


Associated Press authors Lindsey Bar, Jocelyn Novek and Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.

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